Matt Lohry

About Me 

I have had an interest in historic bridges for as long as I can remember. Around my childhood home in St. Louis County, MN, historic truss bridges were as plentiful as one could imagine--now, there are only a few left, and I regret not photographing and documenting many of the structures that have been in existence and have disappeared over the past 21 years that I have been driving. Now, I try to get out and photo-document the bridges that are left in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hennepin and Fillmore counties lead the way in historic bridge quantity in the state, but on the other hand, many counties in the state have no historically valuable bridges at all, which is quite sad.

In addition to bridges, I love classic cars, particularly cars from the late '60's to early '70's cars from the Big 3. I had a 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible that I'd owned since 1996, but sold in 2012.

Recent Updates 

Long Meadow Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Long Meadow Lake on a pedestrian walkway in Bloomington
June 18, 2017: New photos
Apple River Bridge (St. Croix County, Wisconsin)
Deck truss bridge over Apple River on WI 35/WI 64 in Somerset
June 18, 2017: New photos
North Branch Root River MN 250 Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Branch Root River on MN 250
May 22, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status per forum post
Auburn Bridge (Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Milwaukee River on Private driveway
April 27, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status--this bridge has collapsed, putting its future at risk.
Lost Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
2-span riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on CR 100 East
April 19, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss design
BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge (Clay County, South Dakota)
Through Girder Bridge over Vermillion River on BNSF Railway
March 24, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
Narrows Creek Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Truss bridge over Narrows Creek on WI 23/WI 154
February 10, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected all info
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: New photos
Sarpy Creek Bridge (Treasure County, Montana)
Pony truss bridge over Sarpy Creek on CR 011
January 26, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Warren pony truss with all verticals
Prairie Dog Creek Bridge (Harlan County, Nebraska)
Through truss bridge over Prairie Dog Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 4.0 mi. west of Woodruff
December 14, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected state and county per Robert's post
Williams Fork River CR 330 Bridge (Grand County, Colorado)
4-panel Pratt pony truss bridge over Williams Fork River on CR 330
December 12, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type and description.
Platte Purchase Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Cantilever through truss bridge over the Missouri River on Northbound US 69 in Kansas City
December 9, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been replaced.
Warm Springs Road Bridge (Fremont County, Wyoming)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Big Wind River on Airport Rd. (CR 21)
December 7, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status and location--bridge has been replaced.
4th Street Bridge (OLD) (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock River on 4th St.
December 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated county--this location is in Dodge County.
West Swan River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over West Swan River on CR 965
November 21, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows no bridge here
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows an incredible lack
Bear Creek Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Nature RD
September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been bypassed and left in place.
Ashburn Street Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Root River on MN 250 north of Lanesboro
September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been replaced.
Harvey Mountain Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge in Colebrook Lake
September 19, 2016: Added
Knob Road Bridge (Walworth County, Wisconsin)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over White River on Knob Road (Abandoned)
September 3, 2016: New photos
Brown Road Bridge (Delaware County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Bokes Creek on TR 176
August 23, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
St. Anthony Parkway Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
5-span Warren through truss bridge over BNSF Railroad on St. Anthony Parkway in Minneapolis
August 11, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been removed
Platte River Bridge (Morrison County, Minnesota)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Platte River on CR 353
July 8, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Gone; Morrison County is now truss-free.
Maple Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Lost through truss bridge over English River on Fir Avenue
June 16, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New Google Earth imagery shows this bridge lying in a pile with a lot of debris piled up on its west side
Freedom Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over IN-25 (Hoosier Heartland Highway) on the Monon High Bridge Trail
May 20, 2016: New Street View added
Rush River Bridge (Pierce County, Wisconsin)
Lost Riveted Parker through truss bridge over Rush River on US 63
May 18, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
Washita River OK 19 Bridge (Garvin County, Oklahoma)
Lost through truss bridge over Washita River on OK 19 in Pauls Valley
April 19, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--bridge has been replaced
Sheboygan River Bridge (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Concrete T-beam bridge over Sheboygan River on Lrd Alpine Road
April 11, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected bridge type--this is a concrete T-beam bridge.
BNSF - Swinomish Channel Bridge (Skagit County, Washington)
Warren through truss w/ all verticals bridge over Swinomish Channel on Railroad
April 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added truss type
Chickaloon Branch Road Bridge (Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska)
Wooden Howe through truss
March 31, 2016: New Street View added
Chickaloon Branch Road Bridge (Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska)
Wooden Howe through truss
March 31, 2016: Added
Sun Valley Parkway Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Ice Age/Badger State Trail on Sun Valley Parkway
March 26, 2016: New Street View added
Sun Valley Parkway Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Ice Age/Badger State Trail on Sun Valley Parkway
March 26, 2016: Added
Dyreson Road Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Pinned Pratt through truss bridge over Yahara River on E. Dyreson Road
March 25, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge is now open
Milwaukee River Bridge (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Milwaukee River on Green Bay Street (WI 33) in Saukville
March 25, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss type
Oconto River Bridge (Oconto County, Wisconsin)
Lost Continuous pony truss bridge over Oconto River on WI 32
December 7, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
Cosumnes River Pedestrian Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Timber 3-span continuous Warren through truss bridge over Cosumnes River on Pedestrian Path
December 5, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected truss type--this is NOT a bowstring truss bridge.
Lowry Avenue Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Basket-handle arch bridge over Mississippi River on CR 153 (Lowry Avenue)
November 14, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Removed "New" from title to group it with the others in the listings
CN - Black Bridge (Portage County, Wisconsin)
Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Wisconsin River on Canadian National Railway
November 8, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This is actually a Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals.
BNSF - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Baltimore through truss bridge over I&M Canal on BNSF Railway in Joliet
November 4, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Almost a subdivided Warren...almost, but not quite. This is a Baltimore through truss.
Black River Bridge (Clark County, Wisconsin)
Lost 2-span continuous Warren pony truss bridge over Black River on CTH OO
November 2, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Yellow River Bridge (Wood County, Wisconsin)
Parker through truss bridge over Yellow River on WI 13/WI 73
November 2, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Gone--replaced by ugly, nasty UCEB
LAMMSCAPES Highway Bridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Private Drive
October 24, 2015: New photos
LAMMSCAPES Railroad Bridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Double-intersection Warren pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Private Drive
October 24, 2015: New photos
Embarrass River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Pony truss bridge over Embarrass River on CR 796
August 31, 2015: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted June 20, 2017

I agree with Nathan's comment; however, considering the razor-thin escape from the wrecking ball that this bridge pulled off, I'm sure happy to see carriage bolts on this historic bridge over a new, ugly, MOB, which was the plan until only a couple of years ago!

Posted June 18, 2017

I went out with my family today and took photos of the newly restored bridge. Overall good restoration; most of the rivets along the bottom chords of the bridge have been replaced with bolts and the bearings have been replaced. Other than that, mainly blast and paint, and new concrete deck.

CSX - NC38 Overpass (North Carolina)
Posted June 2, 2017

Definitely not a steel stringer, but not a concrete rigid frame either--I would probably call this a slab.

Posted May 18, 2017

I believe that Robert was referring to the category that was assigned to the bridge, not the location. There is no dispute that this is the correct bridge, location, and it is the Fox River--however, the category that was previously assigned was the Fox River that passes between Green Bay and Appleton--Wisconsin has 2 Fox Rivers, which makes things confusing. This Fox River originates just north of Waukesha and passes through Burlington and down into Illinois. Just wanted to clear things up.

Posted May 6, 2017

I never said that they don't--just go whine about it on Facebook, not here. That's my point.

Posted May 6, 2017

Again, Robert, very well said. There is no excuse for complete lack of common sense, and responsibility certainly does not fall to any political entities; stupid is just that--stupid. Blaming Trump for everything that goes wrong just because you don't like him is just ridiculous. If we all did that, we'd be nailing Obama for every stupid thing that lack of common sense caused over the last eight years, but we did not do that. I'm honestly weary of listening to the political crap, coming from EITHER side, and I sure don't want to see it on this site! No, I'm not the webmaster, but this is the one place that I should be able to come to and not have to put up with it. That's what Facebook is for, and that's why I do not use that site or contribute to its cause. I come here for bridges and fellow bridgehunters, and that's it.

Woods Memorial Bridge (South Carolina)
Posted May 3, 2017

It rotates on its center pier, just the same as any other swing bridge. I'm not sure where the straight joint is that you refer to, but the joint between the approach roadway and the bridge deck is slightly curved to accommodate the rotation of the bridge span.

Re: Possible Covered Bridge
Posted April 25, 2017

It sure looks like a covered bridge to me--I did notice that Google Earth's historical imagery has a clear shot of this spot from 3/30/2005, and the bridge does not appear to be present at that time, so it may have been brought in...wait a minute...Robert, is that your tool shed?? :>D

Posted April 21, 2017

Since the new bridge will likely be a bland, mundane MOB, they should make the trail lead to as many Wal-marts as possible...

Posted April 19, 2017

I would have to agree with...um...whoever it is. This is a better entry for uglybridges.com...plain concrete culverts really don't belong here.

Posted April 19, 2017

As far as I'm concerned, it's silly to blame any educational system at all for a complete lack of common sense. It doesn't take more than half a brain cell to figure out that a 14-foot tall, 20+-ton truck is not going to be able to make it across a tiny steel bridge with a 6-ton load limit. This person should not be driving anything at all, let alone a commercial rig. She slept through her classes BEFORE Betsy DeVos or Donald Trump were part of the picture, so it's certainly not their doing that is the issue--these policies have been in place for many years, perpetuated by BOTH sides of the political spectrum, so I decline to place political blame toward any one side. Donkeys and elephants are equally at fault here. I do highly agree with Jason's suggestion to get properly educated, and to job shadow an experienced professional in preparation for driving a semi...it's a far cry from driving a car, and it's a vitally important industry that has and needs quality people.

Posted April 18, 2017

Nope, it's in Okmulgee County, about 1000' north of the McIntosh County line. If you have pics, please post; we'd like to see them, as there currently aren't any.

Posted April 3, 2017

I would fully agree; the 1994 "rehabilitation" date is most assuredly the date that the previous bridge was replaced with this new one. Welded gussets were most likely NOT on anybody's radar back in 1924!

Re: Something to panic the public
Posted March 7, 2017

As I looked at the numbers of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges in the article behind the link, I noticed something--these numbers only confirm what we've been saying on Bridgehunter for years! Here's what I mean...

The numbers for structurally deficient (SD) vs. functionally obsolete (FO) bridges by percentage of total bridges for three regions are shown in the article as follows:

Boston: 11.7% SD, 54.5% FO

Schuylkill County, PA: 34.6% SD, 10.2% FO

Nemaha County, NE: 54.6% SD, 1.6% FO

The way I see it, as the percentage of functionally obsolete bridges decreases, the percentage of structurally deficient bridges increases...so, since functionally obsolete bridges are purely a result of age, the areas with higher percentages of functionally obsolete bridges mainly feature OLD bridges--as bridges are replaced with modern bridges, the FO percentage drops--but, since the SD percentage sharply increases with these FO percentage drops, that simply proves the notion that old bridges were built to last, while newer bridges are built with poor quality and deteriorate much faster. This makes perfect sense to me! Anyone else see this?

Main Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 28, 2017